Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and suggestions. I don't usually do stillwater, but the few times that I have hiked to high lakes I have enjoyed fishing them ( with conventional gear ), albeit not very successfully.
Looking forward to learning more about your approach to fishing a different piece of the fly angling universe.
P.S. Your post would make for an interesting "Reader's Cast" article for the bi-weekly edition of Home Page of the FAOL website ( as distinct from the Bulletin Board ). If you need help on how to submit an article, let me know. Also, I noted a new thread on this general subject ( which will be my next piece of reading this morning ), so maybe you have material for a series of articles for the Home Page ??
The fish are always right.